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What are Isocyanates? Respiratory Protection to Consider

Isocyanates. Iso-what?? While you may not have heard of this before, it’s what makes paint stick and makes it possible to create such glossy, vibrant colors. Isocyanates are a class of highly reactive, powerful compounds that react with alcohol-based compounds to produce polyurethane polymers and certain solvent-based paints. Painters and Foam Blowers Take Note Jobs that may involve exposure to

Cannabis Industry Safety Concerns and PPE Considerations

As of May 2019, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the US Virgin Islands and 34 states have legalized marijuana under state law, typically for medical reasons and/or recreational use. There are 12 other states that have decriminalized certain levels of possession. South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Idaho are the four remaining states that do not have any type

Helping Prevent Accidents Between Forklifts and Pedestrians

Forklift accidents continue to be a concern on many work sites across the globe. The hard and unfortunate fact is forklift accidents result in approximately 20,000 injuries and 100 people being killed a year.1 Let’s explore some ways forklift and pedestrian accidents occur and how to help avoid injuries resulting from these accidents. The top causes of forklift and pedestrian

What is Diacetyl? The PPE You Should Consider for Coffee Processing

What is diacetyl? Diacetyl is also known as an alpha-diketone, 2,3-butanedione, or by its Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number, 431-03-08. That's the science. Diacetyl is a volatile organic compound most known as a flavoring agent in microwavable buttered popcorn. What you may not realize, is that diacetyl is also produced naturally during coffee processing and in other food processing with

Flood Protection and Above the Shoulders PPE

Flooding. It seems to be a more regular occurrence. But does the meteorological record back that up? Each of the 1982, 1993, and 2015–16 floods resulted in eight peaks of record among the selected stations included in this study, whereas the 2017 flood resulted in 21 peaks of record. By the numbers, drought ($236.6 billion, CPI-adjusted), severe storms ($206.1 billion,

A Quick Primer on USP 800 and Respiratory PPE

Although US Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention’s General Chapter Hazardous Drugs – Handling in Healthcare Settings is not expected to officially go into effect until December of 2019, it is important to take steps now to start to understand and comply with this new revised standard.[i] Most notably, USP describes practice and quality standards for handling hazardous drugs to promote patient safety,

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